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Water Safety

Our Commitment to Water Safety


We are committed to reducing the number of people who drown in the tidal Thames, either accidentally or through suicide.

As a founding member of the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum, we work alongside HM Coastguard, RNLI, London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police (Marine Policing Unit), London Ambulance Service, Transport for London and the City of London.

Together we are working to make the river a safe place for all users, including dog walkers and joggers on the foreshore, who may become stranded due to the river’s fast moving tides, and people visiting riverside pubs and restaurants.
The Drowning Prevention Strategy for the tidal Thames sets out practical steps to be taken to improve waterside safety for people close to the river.

It includes a call for people from all walks of life to play their part in saving lives, by following safety advice and having the confidence to intervene when they spot someone in crisis, or on the verge of self-harm along the capital’s river.

In 2019, 108 people ended up in the tidal Thames with 31 of those losing their lives.

We are committed to working together to target a strategy of zero harm on the Thames.
September 2020
Guidance for development alongside and on the tidal River Thames

Building the right safety infrastructure can reduce the pressure on the emergency services and ultimately save lives.
More than 12 people a week take their own life in London. If someone was in crisis, would you know what to say?
Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone's suicidal thoughts?
Advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
We are supportive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s plan to implement measures to make older domestic passenger vessels safer.

The attached briefing highlights why the proposed changes are necessary.